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Week Sixteen Overview

 David is a Coram Deo man.  He interprets life—circumstances and relationships— before the face of God .  David is a Coram Deo man in every circumstance:  When offered the opportunity to defend himself from Saul’s threats by taking Saul’s life, he responds: “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed . . . (1 Samuel 24:5-6). David surrenders that role instead to the LORD. Those who live before... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, April 19, 2019
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Week Fifteen Overview

Years ago a national hamburger chain branded themselves as the burger place where eaters could design their own burger, “Have it your way. Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us. Have it your way.” That successful marketing merely reflected a culture that demanded independence, even in their burger preparation. Soon, other fast food establishments modified their menu options to incorporate this freedom of choice.  Since the Fall, all of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, April 12, 2019
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Week Fourteen Overview

The Judges Era is characterized by three-hundred years of tribe-on-tribe violence, corruption within the priesthood, rampant idolatry and sexual immorality, oppression, and child sacrifice. The author of the book of Judges does not sanitize his report; rather, he exposes the under-belly of Israel’s culture. And it is not pretty. Judges begins by describing the terrible result of Israel’s failure to evict the Canaanites from the land and to destroy their culture and their... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, April 6, 2019
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Week Thirteen Overview

 After the initial conquest of the land of Canaan, God commanded Joshua to designate forty-eight cities throughout Israel as centers of Bible literacy. The Levites who lived in these cities were to teach the Book of the Law. Their failure to teach the Book of the Law and the people’s failure to obey God led to at least seven cycles of sin lasting over three hundred years.  Ravi Zacharias captures the importance of Bible literacy when he declares, “If we don’t give... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, March 31, 2019
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Week Twelve Overview

God’s promises obligate His activity on man’s behalf; they also obligate man to walk in faith that produces obedience.  The tension between the sovereignty of God and man’s response in obedience is expressed initially before the Fall when God verbalizes His purpose for man, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing” (Gen. 1:28). The following... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 22, 2019
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Week Eleven Overview

Confusion characterizes those who don’t know whose they are.   In 2005 W. Bradford Wilcox wrote an insightful article about donor conception for The Weekly Standard called “Who’s Your Daddy? (There’s more to fatherhood than donating DNA)” where he associates confusion with fatherlessness: But there are good reasons to worry about this latest manifestation of fatherlessness. Listening directly to the voices of donor-conceived children should give us... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 15, 2019
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Week Ten Overview

Good government sounds like an oxymoron.  Since the Fall men have sought unsuccessfully to govern themselves. Everything created by fallen man, including systems of government, is tainted with sin (pride, selfishness, greed, prejudices, etc.). Human governments promise lift without redemption, justice without covenant, and end up exploiting the masses while enriching those who govern. Power always attracts exploitation.  Therefore, good governance must come from outside of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 8, 2019
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Week Nine Overview

The land of Canaan provides the womb in which the patriarchs of Israel were born while Egypt provides an incubator, physically, morally, and racially, for the newborn nation to grow. Noted theologian Paul Benware describes this Egyptian incubator: “First, it protected Israel physically . Although the Egyptian army was unaware of it, they were guarding Israel against countless kings and robber bands that could have wiped out this young nation in a matter of hours. Second, Egypt... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Week Eight Overview

God is for women. Period. Throughout Leviticus God gives Moses rules that reveal His care for and protection of women.  Chapter twelve, verses 1-8 highlight the regulations regarding childbirth. If a woman has a son, she must undergo a time of purification that lasts forty days. If a woman has a daughter, that time is doubled. The days of purification permit physical healing and require sexual abstinence; therefore, the husband must practice self-control during this time. Certainly,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 22, 2019
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Week Seven Overview

God embeds Himself within the community of Israel through the Tent of Meeting. And, like the hub of a wheel, the Tent of Meeting is located at the very center of Hebrew life. God with us.  The Tent of Meeting accomplishes four tasks:  The design for the Tent of Meeting is revealed to Moses from heaven and dispenses a link to the eternal counsel of God. All religions are man’s futile attempts to ascend to God. The God of the Hebrews, however, crosses the eternal divide... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 15, 2019
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